Letter to FCC – Combatting Contraband Wireless Device Use in Correctional Facilities

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) write to express concerns regarding the proposals under consideration to stem the use of contraband wireless devices in correctional facilities. We share the interest of the Commission in protecting the welfare of facility administrators, law enforcement authorities, and the general public. However, mandates for hard kill switches and proprietary technology will create new security vulnerabilities, and the lack of judicial review within the kill switch process will violate established protections for due process. With this in mind, CDT and EFF respectfully request that the Commission reconsider the following proposals.


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